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Truth-Focused Interviewing for Investigators, 2nd Edition
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Learn how to use interview techniques to get to the truth in investigations

This how-to guide offers practical tips on every stage of the interview process – from preparing for the interview and getting your subject talking, to verifying a statement and ensuring its admissibility in court. Real-world examples gleaned from Byrnes' 32 year career as a police officer show you exactly which techniques work and why. Praise for Truth-focused Interviewing for Investigators, Second Edition "...this book can assist anyone in the business of investigative interviewing. Truth-Focused Interviewing for Investigators is an easy to follow and thorough guide that will help to ensure that the information received from human sources is the most reliable possib... I would encourage anyone to take the tools that are offered in this book and grow to be the best interviewers possible." From the Foreword by Paul Pedersen, Chief of Police of the Greater Sudbury Police Service "It is pretty obvious right from the beginning that Truth-Focused Interviewing for Investigators [Second Edition] should also be required reading for business leaders, managers, coaches and parents. Excellent job." Nicholas Boothman, Author of How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less New and updated in this edition In this second edition, the author has reviewed each chapter and provided further guidance on interview preparation, style and technique to assist in the quest for optimally effective interviewing skills and results. The second edition includes enhanced commentary focusing on the following:
  • the value of positive expectations and honesty as fundamental elements of the better, non-traditional model of interviewing articulated by the author
  • the importance of preparation respecting verbal and non-verbal communication, adopting the interviewee's perspective, establishing rapport, and creating an environment conducive to the interviewee's cooperation
  • the various methods of drawing out the interviewee's story, verifying or otherwise ascertaining the truth in the interviewee's account of events, as well as ensuring its admissibility
  • effective strategies and special techniques for interviewing reluctant witnesses and children
About the Author
Kevin Byrnes is an expert in Interviewing and Detecting Deception. He is facilitator with Human Potential Consultants Inc. (HPCI) and is a designated Child Abuse and Sexual Assault investigator for York Regional Police. As a facilitator with HPCI Kevin has trained a variety of Investigators including Federal Association of Security Officers, Transport Canada and Transportation Safety Board investigators, Police Officers, Security Supervisors, various University police and security as well as teaching on the Police Foundations course at Centennial College in Toronto. He has been a police officer for 28 years. Currently, he is a supervisor on the Integrated Domestic Violence Unit. He has worked as an investigator in the Drug, Sexual Assault and Homicide Units as well as the general investigative office. As part of his function, Kevin is called upon to review written or video taped statements to give an opinion on the truthfulness and to advise investigators on what issues might be sensitive to the subject. As a sexual assault investigator, he has worked in 3 separate projects focusing on serial sex offenders. He has interviewed victims and offenders of a variety of different offences. He developed and delivered training on: drug and sexual assault investigation, Interviewing Skills for Investigators and Courtroom Testimony. He has completed numerous courses in investigation, interviewing and detecting deception including the Reid Technique and Scientific Content Analysis courses. He continues independent study in the areas of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (N.L.P.) and Psychology.